Listen to Episode 197, “No Means Nostromo”

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Gobbledygeek episode 197, “No Means Nostromo,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Before there was Juno, there was Alien, the ultimate film about unwanted pregnancy. Eggs shooting down throats, penile heads devouring yours, a brand new lifeform bursting forth from your body…Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic pokes and prods you where you don’t want to be poked and prodded. Paul and AJ kick off an epic podcrawl (see information on participating podcasts in the show notes) about the Alien and Predator films with a look back at the one that started it all, in all its psychosexual glory. Of course, there’s more underneath its skin, including gorgeous photography, eerie sound design, slow-mounting tension, a realistic ensemble, and a star-making performance from Sigourney Weaver. But it’s mostly about dicks. Plus, Gwen Stacy returns to the pages of Spider-Man comics in an unexpected way.

Next: Paul and AJ continue the podcrawl on September 3 with a discussion of John McTiernan’s 1987 classic (?) Predator.

(Show notes for “No Means Nostromo.”)

Listen to Episode 196, “The Sandman: Vol. VI – Fables & Reflections”

Art from 'The Sandman: Fear of Falling' by Kent Williams and Sherilyn Van Valkeburgh.

Art from ‘The Sandman: Fear of Falling’ by Kent Williams and Sherilyn Van Valkenburgh.

Gobbledygeek episode 196, “The Sandman: Vol. VI – Fables & Reflections,” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Rulers–whether they be corrupt, wise, or both–make rules. They establish boundaries, set parameters within which a person lives their life. Should those rules be broken, there will be consequences. Neil Gaiman explores some of those consequences, joined by an incredibly talented string of artists including Bryan Talbot and Jill Thompson, in The Sandman: Vol. VI – Fables & Reflections. Paul and AJ continue their year-long Four-Color Flashback exploration of The Sandman, discussing everything from barophobia to Greek myth, from the once-great city of Baghdad to the “Thriller” video. Plus, Donald Glover finally gets to be Spider-Man and AJ offers his thought’s on Netflix’s first animated series for adults, BoJack Horseman.

Next: on September 1, Paul and AJ kick off an epic podcrawl (see information on participating podcasts in the show notes) discussing the Alien and Predator films with a look back at Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic Alien.

(Show notes for “The Sandman: Vol. VI – Fables & Reflections.”)

Listen to ‘Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast’ Episode 9

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Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 9 is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

In their penultimate week of discussing Mad Men season 2, AJ, Kenn, and Joe take a look at “The Inheritance,” in which the Drapers experience a stroke of bad luck; “The Jet Set,” the charming tale of a young German man whose quest is to overcome adversity to see a Bob Dylan concert; and “The Mountain King,” wherein Don meets an old friend out Californee way. Plus, Hamm Watch makes its triumphant return!

(Show notes for Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 9.)

Listen to Episode 195, “Turtlez n the ‘Hood (feat. Joseph Lewis)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 195, “Turtlez n the ‘Hood (feat. Joseph Lewis),” is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Not a boy but not yet a man; it’s something both humanoid mutant turtles and Texans experience. To cover that wide range of experience, Paul and AJ are discussing both the new Michael Bay-produced version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as well as Richard Linklater’s down-to-earth epic Boyhood. Joining them is Nowheresville director/Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast co-host Joseph Lewis, who manages to summarize TMNT in the most beautiful way possible. That might be the only beautiful thing in relation to the movie; spoiler alert, but one of these films is a hell of a lot better than the other, and it’s probably the one about growing up without a stable father figure that was filmed over 12 years. Wait, which–which one was that? Plus, things start on a serious note with Ferguson and the passing of Robin Williams.

Next: we continue our year-long Four-Color Flashback exploration of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman with a discussion of Vol. VI: Fables and Reflections.

(Show notes for “Turtlez n the ‘Hood.”)

Listen to ‘Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast’ Episode 8

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Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 8 is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

Continuing their discussion of Mad Men season 2, AJ, Kenn, and Joe take a look at “The Gold Violin,” wherein the Drapers litter; “A Night to Remember,” in which Father Gill makes his singer/songwriter debut; and “Six Month Leave,” wherein Freddy Rumsen pisses himself. No Hamm Watch this month…but just you wait until next week!

(Show notes for Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 8.)

Listen to ‘Smoke Gets in Your Ears: A Mad Men Podcast’ Episode 7 (feat. Greg Sahadachny)

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Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 7 is available for listening or download right here, and on iTunes here.

This week, AJ, Kenn, and Joe are joined by The Debatable Podcast host Greg Sahadachny to continue their look at Mad Men season 2. The episodes under discussion are “Three Sundays,” in which Peggy experiences Scorsese levels of Catholic guilt; “The New Girl,” wherein Don has a bit too much to drink; and “Maidenform,” which features a very sad puppy. Plus, don’t miss another exciting installment of Hamm Watch!

(Show notes for Smoke Gets in Your Ears episode 7.)

Listen to Episode 194, “Groot Suit Riot (feat. Kenn Edwards)”

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Gobbledygeek episode 194, “Groot Suit Riot (feat. Kenn Edwards),” is available for listening or download right here. and on iTunes here.

Come and get your love, boys and girls: the Guardians of the Galaxy have arrived. Paul and AJ abduct the young, impressionable Kenn Edwards (So Let’s Get to the Pointhost/Smoke Gets in Your Ears co-host), leading him on a whirlwind tour of the universe, discussing the finer points of James Gunn’s sci-fi blockbuster. Among those points: whether or not, ten movies in, the film marks progress for Marvel Studios; the unlikely (or perhaps the most likely) breakout characters; and that bitchin’ soundtrack. Plus, AJ goes in for a sleep test and gets back up on his Spider-Ham soapbox.

Next: Joseph Lewis returns for another gathering of the Turtle…uh, Tribe? Is that a thing? Anyway, this time the gang’s discussing the new Michael Bay-produced Ninja Turtles movie.

(Show notes for “Groot Suit Riot.”)